Rob writes: The next release of Microsoft's server operating system depends on the company deciding its virtualization capabilities are ready to go, according to the company's UK server director. In April 2005, Microsoft's CEO, Steve Ballmer, announced that the company would introduce a virtualization hypervisor in the next version of Windows Server, which is codenamed Longhorn. The hypervisor technology will be embedded within Windows and enable it to take direct advantage of processor-level virtualization technologies to improve the performance and efficiency of running virtual machines. The approach being taken by Microsoft is similar to that taken by its open source rival and partner XenSource Inc in that it creates virtual environments at the operating system layer rather than the hardware virtualization model taken by incumbent VMware Inc, a division of EMC Corp.
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